(Ed. Note: Our series "Puck Daddy's Guilty Pleasures" features puckheads from all walks of life answering questions about their own hockey-related guilty pleasures. It will run daily during the month of August. Have a suggestion for a "Guilty Pleasures" guest blogger? Hit us on email. Enjoy!)
Today's Special Guest: Chris Smith of the hockey jersey blog Icethetics.
1. The Player You Most Love To Hate
Zdeno Chara. Getting the easy questions out of the way first, I see. I make no bones about my bias for the Tampa Bay Lightning. And I hate playing the Bruins. I especially hate it during home games because the St. Pete Times Forum inevitably fills with Boston fans, who are one rung below Philly fans. (What? I said it.) Anyway, I see Chara as a talentless bully and someone who has a job with the Bs strictly for his size. (Boy am I going to catch some [Gretzky] for that, I'm sure.) Whenever I see him, he's going after a guy like Marty St. Louis. I get the biggest laugh at what amounts to watching a cartoon where Marty basically skates away between Chara's legs or something. He's the one guy I can't bring myself to root for.
2. Other Than Your Own, The Team You Can't Help Rooting For
None of my readers will be surprised by this, but it's the Vancouver Canucks. In terms of geography, they're now my closest team and there's just something about watching them and they're fans. I've been to Rogers Arena twice during the regulars season and the atmosphere is unlike anything I'd ever experienced. And I went to all four 2004 Stanley Cup Final games in Tampa — including Game 7 where Dave Andreychuk lifted his first Cup. That building was crazy but Vancouver's on another level. That probably goes for all of Canada.